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Baldwin Fire Department Holding Blood Drive To Honor Injured Firefighter

Firefighter Robert Wiedmann (credit: FDNY)

Firefighter Robert Wiedmann (credit: FDNY)

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BALDWIN, NY (AP) - A Long Island fire department is holding a blood drive in honor of a firefighter badly burned in a blaze in a Brooklyn brownstone.

New York City firefighter Robert Wiedmann suffered burns over 50 percent of his body in the Dec. 20 blaze. The drive was set to run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Baldwin Fire Department.

Wiedmann will likely need several surgeries over the coming weeks and months. Doctors have said he’s expected to spend six to eight weeks in a hospital.

Wiedman was rescued through a third-story window. Another firefighter, James Gersbeck, also was seriously hurt but was able to escape down the stairs.

Three other firefighters were treated and released.

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